Friday, August 05, 2011

Round Two

Cliff Lee pitched his fifth shutout of the year, Hunter Pence hit his first home run as a Phillie, John Mayberry yet again made a case for at least sharing the duties in right field and the Phils beat the Giants 3-0 to open a four-game set in the city by the bay.

There's little love lost between the Giants and Phils and each game has at least the undercurrent of a grudge match. Whether it is alleged throwing at batters, denigrating pitchers or simply two recent World Series champs squaring off, every time these two teams meet there is plenty of tension in the air.

Tonight, Vance Worly, a California native, goes for the Phils against Jonathan Sanchez, who leads the majors in publicly clearing his nasal passages on the mound.

The Phils are riding a seven-game winning streak which has seen them increase their lead in the NL East to 8.5 games over the Braves.

Since the game will be played on the dark side of the moon, I'll likely have to check the results somewhere around 4AM, when I awaken.

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